By: Andreas Moritz
Book excerpt: It’s Time to Come Alive
When I first came across the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine in 1981, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It gave me a new perspective that made everything in life more meaningful and important. The Ayurvedic sages, from their unbiased perspective of unity consciousness, clearly saw that all problems begin with a ‘mistake of the intellect’. They claimed that by not knowing who we are, we could not see where we are going or what we are doing. Instead of referring to our unbounded Self or bliss consciousness to know the world and ourselves, we refer to the various roles we play in life, which can create an identity for our small self or ego. At one moment, I may play a doctor in my office. When I am at home, I play a husband. At other times, I may play the roles of a father, a friend, a cook, a traveler, a teacher, a student, etc. Most of our life centers on the various roles we play, but we no longer know the person who is playing them. This creates fear because we lose contact with our own source of love, power and stability. The following are the most likely physical responses that will result from the experience of fear and other types of emotional upset. Your journey towards emotional healing begins with awareness.
Fear is a form of negative awareness that can take the shape of a negative emotion. All negative emotions are rooted in fear. Although they occur on the level of our mind, they have profound effects on the body as well. Fear affects every cell in the body, particularly the kidneys and the adrenal glands. The adrenals respond by secreting adrenaline and other stress hormones into the blood stream, which drastically alters the functioning of every cell, muscle and organ in the body. If fear is strong enough, it can practically paralyze a person. Fear normally results in frustration, and frustration causes anger.
We only become angry if we have already ‘compiled’ a sufficient amount of fear and frustration. Through a ‘provocative’ situation, the accumulated anger may become released. Even a minor annoyance can be the trigger for a powerful emotional explosion. We may feel the anger rising up in our body until it bursts out in the form of mental or, as is in some cases, physical violence. During such moments of anger, some sensitive people report that they feel pain in the liver, which is caused by retention of toxins. As a measure of protection, the liver releases large amounts of fats that subsequently clog up the blood vessels and cause coronary heart disease. Bottled up aggression or anger can virtually burn up the heart; the lesions that develop around the coronary arteries look very much like burns.
Anger also changes the flora of the gallbladder, bile ducts and small intestine. Everyone who becomes angry easily has large numbers of gallstones in his liver and gallbladder, which causes irritation and inflammation of the mucous lining in the intestines and the stomach. Gastritis and stomach ulcers, for example, are some of the most typical psychosomatic diseases to be directly associated with stress and anger. Constant anger drives up blood pressure and weakens the immune system, which predisposes a person to all sorts of infections. Anger also triggers the release of noradrenalin, a normally very useful hormone that becomes enormously damaging under the influence of heavy stress. If the body is not given an outlet for releasing the tension, each bit of repressed anger becomes the reason for a new outburst, more powerful than the previous one.
If you feel insecure in your life, your bladder may begin to contract and urination become difficult or even painful. Bladder constriction may lead to frequent urination, especially during the night, and be accompanied by strong burning sensations. Bladder infection has become a common ailment among women who feel insecure and unprotected in their lives. Being defensive is a typical sign of feeling insecure.
Nervousness creates toxins, which can lead to the manifestation of irritable bowels. Nervous people often suffer from diarrhea, constipation, or inflammation of the colon lining.
If you feel unloved or carry feelings of deep hurt, you will notice a sense of heaviness in your heart. A deep, unresolved hurt is likely to manifest as a heart condition. Sadness and grief, which can cause respiratory problems, often accompany hurt; the lungs feel too tired to even breathe normally and easily.
Hate is a form of severe attachment. Low self-worth and the inability to forgive may manifest as intensified anger, which severely affects the liver and gallbladder, and subsequently the entire digestive process. Hate produces highly toxic substances in most of the body’s cells; once released into the blood stream, the toxins poison the entire body and cause irrational and even violent behavior.
Sense of failure:
Those who feel a sense of failure in life, or think that they are not ‘good enough’, often develop intestinal problems leading to mal-absorption of nutrients. The small intestines are no longer ‘good enough’ to nourish the body. This can cause the development of toxic gases, abdominal bloating and an undernourished physiology.
Greed and other negative emotions:
Greed, attachment and possessiveness all lead to heart and spleen disorders. This, in turn, affects the immune system and diminishes energy distribution in the body. Lack of inner satisfaction or fulfillment creates stomach problems. Fear of future events can send shudders through your kidney cells, and if you feel unsupported, your adrenal glands become anxious, too. Both fear and anxiety alter the flora of the large intestine. This leads to a build-up of harmful bacteria and toxic gases, and in some cases to alternating constipation and diarrhea.
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